Chronic Pain and Chinese Medicine

Chronic pain is traditionally seen as pain that lasts more then 12 weeks
however if any of you have experienced a pain condition lasting more than
2 weeks you will know how debilitating it can be. Pain not only affects the
physical body but also the mental and emotional state. Depression and
anxiety are two well known conditions that can appear with prolonged pain.
In many cases it can be difficult to know what to do or to be able to find your
way out. Getting back to the life you want to live is what it’s all about and
pain can dramatically reduce your quality of life.

So what can you do for chronic pain?


There are many options ranging from pharmaceutical relief to lifestyle
adjustments and we are going to talk more about how we can help you
resolve and chronic or acute pain issues.

Chinese medicine for centuries has been used to treat pain
conditions while be able to prevent additional side effects. It is a gentle
form of medicine designed to assist your body reduce inflammation and
correct any imbalances that are contributing to the pain issue. Chinese
medicine is an umbrella that includes a range of different modalities
including, acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, diet, exercise and lifestyle.


Acupuncture
 has shown potential positive results in the treatment of pain.
Not just by addressing the symptoms but the causative factors as
well to assist with pain relief and long lasting outcomes.

Recent research suggests the mechanisms through which acupuncture
may work to assist pain conditions. Other research suggests acupuncture
may have a potential positive effect in the treatment of low back pain, sciatica,
neck pain, knee osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis,
migraine, abdominal pain, in fact many kinds of pain.


Diet
 has an integral impact on the inflammatory process of the body. The
digestive tract is essentially where immune responses begin so what we eat
and how we eat can have a significant impact on the level of inflammation in
the body.


Exercise
 has significant benefits in pain reduction by increasing the circulation.
This helps bring nutrients to sites of pain and also remove toxins that can build
up in the tissues as a result of pain. We can assist you developing a manageable
and effective exercise program to get your body jumping.


Lifestyle
 is how we live and what we do in our day-to-day lives. Stress for instance
can have a dramatic effect on pain levels in the body so understanding how lifestyle
can have negative impacts helps us to be able to create positive changes.
At Evolve Natural Medicine your health and happiness is our ultimate priority.
Through treatment and education we can help with your pain so you can get on being
the best you can be.

For more information about how we can help and tailoring a program to your
specific needs contact us. We’re here to help. Providing health care excellence
in Newcastle.

References and further reading

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  4. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Fei Y, Mehring M, Shin BC, et al.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:Cd007587.
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